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Locate the GUID for client computers

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To locate the GUID for client computers

  • The computer's globally unique identifier (GUID) (sometimes called the universally unique identifier [UUID]) appears in the following areas:

    • A label on the side of the computer case.

    • A label within the computer case.

    • The basic input/output system (BIOS) of the client computer. You can collect this information through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface by using the universally unique identifier (UUID) value of the Win32_ComputerSystemProduct class. For more information about this, see the MSDN Library at the Microsoft Web site.

    • Network traffic from the client computer. You can use a network utility to sniff the network traffic and locate the DHCPDiscover packet; within that field will be the 128-bit, 16-byte GUID/UUID.


  • The computer's GUID is supplied by the manufacturer. For more information on the computer's GUID, see "RIS client computer properties" in Related Topics.

  • This topic does not apply to Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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